Red Mango headed to Ripple

January 20, 2009
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Red MangoA hip frozen yogurt chain with a foothold in California and New York is getting ready to stake a claim in Broad Ripple. Red Mango has filed plans to open a shop along Broad Ripple Avenue between Brothers Bar & Grill and Union Jack's Pub. The California-based chain, which got its start in South Korea, is taking about 900 square feet in Broad Ripple and also has plans for a location in West Lafayette. It has stores in 10 states, and is a "pioneer of the tart variety of nonfat frozen yogurt," according to its web site. Anyone tried them? In other news from the same block in Broad Ripple, McVan's Video Games, a small Fort Wayne-based chain, is planning a store next door to Red Mango. The chain already has locations in Evansville and Fishers.
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  • Good news for B. Ripple & the two posts in one day. Very impressive!
  • Would be nice to see one of these on Mass Ave.
  • How many Pinkberry clones are there anyway?
    • I tried their store in Naperville. Its just like the non-chain yogurt store thats at 96th & Gray Road. Yogo Kiss I believe is its name.
    • BR, Greenwood, Avon, bla bla bla,.....how about city/county retail economic incentives for developing E. Washington Street all the way to Irvington. It's pityful. A lady standing in front of the soon close Macy's at Laf SQ was asked where she would probably go now, to shop? Greenwood Mall. If center city is going to grow constructively we need people with vision and guts to rezone, condemn, re-build on these crumbling, ugly, useless, crime infested coridors. E. Wash St. to Sherman+ has been, with a few exceptions---an urban joke, and a tremendous waste of otherwise good space. Yes, Mary, 10 bedrom clapboard homes on the trolley line were the rage in 1916.
    • I'm so excited that Red Mango is coming to Indy. It tastes alot better than Pinkberry by far. Does anyone know when they are planning to open?
    • Absolutely wonderful news for Broad Ripple!
    • I'm sorry, but there is no such thing as a hip yogurt chain. Bubble tea? Maybe, but yogurt, no way.
    • Wait, TCBY isn't hip? What about Freshens?
    • It's at least as hip as your blog host. Ha.
    • I agree with benjamin. Mass Ave needs more unique eating establishments, especially a kind of place like this.
    • Sooooo delicious. I just moved back from NYC and these were everywhere (Pinkberry's rival). They're known for their exotic toppings (lots of tropical fruits many Hoosier have probably never even heard of!) and delicious frozen yogurt. Their green tea flavor is the best!
    • Not sure what happened to the cafeteria in the Chamber of Commerce Building, but I hear they are trying to find a new restaurant...anyone know of what's going on there? Would be great to get a bagel and deli like the one in Bripple
    • Dustin, like Starbucks, this type of business is only unique until every city in America has 20, then it's yesterday's news. This is a chain style concept store, plain and simple.
    • Ubanophile

      You are absolutely right. My whole point of it was that it would be nice to have an addition like this on Mass Ave. Of course, if someone has a better idea, by putting their own kind there, then GREAT. I am not a huge fan of chains, but like people have said in the past, if you go to an independant restaurant and they served bad food along with bad attitude, then what's the point of returning. Sad to realize though, that Indy is very saturated with chains.
    • Between Yogo Kiss on 96th street and Squeeze on 62nd why won't they open one on the other side of town.
    • Good thing it's locating in BR; you'd have to be drunk to pay their outrageous prices for frozen yogurt.
    • Urbanophile,

      You really need to check your sources again before you make assumptions. Pinkberry copied Red Mango. Red Mango is real yogurt; they even have the seal of approval from the NYA. Too quick to judge a book by it's cover.
    • Yeah, Urbanophile! So There!
    • It's great yogurt! I've had it in Naperville, SF and NYC, and there's always a long line. 900 SF sounds bigger than any one I've seen (except Naperville)... I guess Red Mango thinks we have more time to sit and eat in Indiana, or fewer places to walk with our delicious yogurt.
    • In other broadripple real estate ripples: Big Hat Books and Marigold have opened in their new locations at 65th and Cornell.
      Girly Chic Boutique is taking the old Big Hat location and Marigold's is being filled by Periwinkle. Apparently the owner of the building that housed GCB and Periwinkle decided not to renew the lease and is looking for a buyer for that building. Gingko's has closed as well.
    • Red Mango has a pomegranate flavor the is just awesome. They will have a location opening over at Purdue University and from what I hear they will both be opening sometime in March!
    • Thanks Crystal for the update on other happenings. Cory is busy reporting on banners, but as you pointed out there is still some real estate news out there. I'm sure he will pick up on your post and feature it as a blog soon.
    • Thanks BR we sure do keep Cory on his toes around here (lol)
      I love his blog though.
      I will keep you guys posted on the red mango spot since I pass it every morning.
    • Sounds good Crystal. I agree....it's good to have this blog, even though people are posting about banners. lol. BR is sure changing with stores closing, moving, and opening.
    • you are wrong
      Actually, Pinkberry copied Red Mango stores in South Korea, Pinkberry was the just the first to open stores in the U.S.
    • Carmel Red Mango?
      I have heard rumors about a Red Mango opening in the Carmel Arts and Design District next to Bazbeaux's Pizza. I believe Carmelites would love it!

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